God of the Week: Cronus

God of the Week 02/15/2010: Cronus (Saturn)

Cronus was the ancient Greek god of time. He is often represented with a scythe and an hour glass … which is probably symbolic of something ominous (you know those Greeks – full of drama). The Romans associated Cronus with their god, Saturn, because of their similarities.

Cronus was the god of time in its sense of eternal duration … Cronus, having an uneasy conscience, was afraid that his children might one day rise up against his authority, and thus verify the prediction of his father Uranus. In order, therefore, to render the prophecy impossible of [fulfillment], Cronus swallowed each child as soon as it was born … Zeus … dethroned his father Cronus, became supreme god in his stead, and was universally venerated as the great national god of the Greeks.

-E. M. Berens, The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

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3 Comments on “God of the Week: Cronus”

  1. […] crossroads, etc. She existed in a triplicate/trinity type of thingy, similar to the dual faces Chronus. Hecate would appear to have been originally a moon- goddess worshipped by the Thracians. She […]

  2. […] is the ancient Greek goddess of love. In myth, she sprung fully formed from the ocean waves once Cronus severed the testicles of the sky god Uranus and cast them into the sea, making her an […]

  3. […] is the ancient Roman god of agricutlure. He is often associated with the Greek god Cronus, though, in the pre-Grecian Roman tradition, he was thought of as the ruler of the mythical Golden […]

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